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Thursday, August 04, 2016
Sexism and the Hillary Monster
You can despise Hillary Clinton because you think she will be too hawkish in her foreign policy or too corporatist in her domestic policy. I have been an unambiguous HRC supporter this whole election who has worries on both of these scores myself. I just don't personally think she was demonstrably more of either of these than Saint Bernie Sanders if one paid attention to pesky things like published positions or, you know, voting records. And I cannot for the life of me see how anybody in their right mind could find in such assessments a comparative justification for a vote for the palpably unhinged, pathologically lying, grotesquely belligerent, horrifically cruel, unapologetically bigoted, worrisomely authoritarian Donald Trump or any enabling of his possible ascension to the most powerful position on earth by sitting out this election. But setting all that aside for the moment -- for those capable of setting aside the Hillary Monster at all and its attendant derangements, which is a different thing from legitimate critiques and discomforts -- it does seems that a person of the barest feminist conviction or even basic fair-mindedness will admit and abhor the flabbergasting and infuriating extent to which the HRC mythos as "unlikable" and "untrustworthy" has been shaped by assumptions and frames that are unambiguously sexist.